It was a special game for the players and now some of their jerseys will raise money in memory of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
NBA Auctions launched its annual All-Star jersey auction late Monday afternoon with 25 game-worn shirts on the block representing the game’s biggest names. This year, the NBA and the Players Association will donate all auction proceeds from the to the Mamba on Three Fund and the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
In all, 24 game-worn jerseys are up for grabs along with one issued to Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard, who sat out with an injury. All were worn only in the first half of Sunday night’s game at the United Center in Chicago.
Expected to fetch some of the biggest prices are those worn by LeBron James, who was making his record-setting 16th All-Star start, fellow captain Giannis Antetokounmpo, who registered a double-double in the game and Kawhi Leonard of the L.A. Clippers, who won the MVP award now named after the late Lakers star.
The blue and red Jordan brand jerseys donned by members of Team LeBron and Team Giannis will be offered for 16 days on the NBA Auctions website. Bidding for each jersey opened at $250.
Each jersey is registered into the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program.
Bidding closes on the night of March 5 on the NBA Auctions website.